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Professional C# 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Simon Robinson , Jay Glynn , Morgan Skinner
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

March 1 2002
It is no exaggeration to describe the C# language and its associated environment, the .NET Framework, as the most important new technology for developers in many years. .NET provides a new environment within which you can develop almost any Windows-based or web-based application, while C# is a new programming language designed specifically to work with .NET.

Entirely revised and updated for the Golden Release of .NET, Professional C# 2nd Edition is the ideal introduction to the C# language and the .NET Framework, and will become an indispensable companion for any user of C# and .NET.

Offering an unparalleled breadth and depth of coverage, this book provides the information that you need to learn the key concepts of the C# language, and then takes you on to a complete exploration of programming the .NET Framework with C#, so that you are ready to develop powerful C# applications in the .NET environment.
Topics covered include:

How to program in the object-oriented C# language

Writing Windows applications and Windows services

Writing web pages and web services with ASP.NET

Manipulating XML using C#

Understanding .NET Assemblies

Using ADO.NET to access databases

Integration with COM, COM+, and Active Directory

Distributed applications with .NET Remoting

Generating graphics, and printing documents using C#

Accessing the Internet with C#, and network programming

Handling files and the Registry, and controlling .NET security

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This book is aimed at experienced developers, probably coming from a C++, Java, or VB background, but no previous experience of C# or .NET programming is assumed.

This book will provide the ideal introduction to writing C# programs on the .NET Framework for developers who are serious about C#, and want all the facts, now.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Hodgepodge put together by too many authors July 25 2002
Wrox was slammed by the user groups for these books with ten authors. They've gotten smarter: now they only put one photograph on the cover. But that misses the point; the book is still more a collection of essays by different writers than a book.
There are parts of this book that are fairly good, but overall it does not cover the material coherently, and it is 25-50% bigger than it should be for the material covered.
There are better choices elsewhere. I just posted a review for the O'Reilly book, which I think is a much better choice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad Jan. 12 2004
By Ajay007
This book is fine,, though I won't say its a great book..
the really good C# book I found was Inside C#,
some chapters stand out but in some places this bok just loses flow.
The best book for C# is C#:Primer Plus.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many cooks spoil the food . July 14 2003
By A Customer
There's a lot of mixed reviews about this book . The table contents promises to give a lot of information which it does but not efficiently . I am C++ programmer ,the intial chapters are easy to understand since they are basic oops that I already know .. and the intial chapters on windows and asp was good I felt becoz I had worked on my own before I went thro this . After that it was tooo much of information not written well .In the sense you just keep reading without undestanding half of it becoz the author's expect you to know all the concepts and they confuse what you know by puttting it in words that are so confusing . The flow of thought if missing ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for new comers July 10 2003
By "gk919"
The book is a great book for new comers to the C# language and to the .NET platform itself as well. It is kind of scattered about, not very much flow to it. Overall the I would highly recommend it to any one wanting to learn to language.
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2.0 out of 5 stars All Over the Place May 10 2003
By A Customer
I have to agree with the previous reviewers who say this book is not up to Wrox standards. This book is "all over the place", meaning there's little cohesion between chapters. This is probably because of all of the authors involved. It makes reading it very confusing.
Here's a specific example. When discussing struct's vs. classes, the book starts talking about how memory allocation is different for each, and they referred to an earlier discussion of memory. I didn't recall them discussing memory earlier in the book, so I looked it up in the index. They had given it a sentence or two - obviously written by another author, and not intended to provide the depth later assumed.
Unfortunately, I have purchased 3 C# books, and they're all weak. This, though, is the weakest. I gave "C# Bible" 2 stars as well, but I actually think that's a better book.
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Perhaps I'm writing this prematurely, as I'm not even close to being done with the book. But so far, I've found it to be a good book. I at first got a copy of _Learning C#_, and that was useless, aimed at a first time programmer. So I returned it and got this one.
This book has a lot of useful topics. If some of the later ones aren't that great, oh well, I'll still be happy.
I notice that some readers complain about typos. Usually, that doesn't bother me much--if the explanation is clear, spotting and ignoring typos isn't too hard.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Be warned: Wrox has been sold! May 2 2003
By A Customer
This book does have good information if you are new to C# but do not expect to get the examples off the web as the book promises. The website is not providing the promised downloads and only collecting email addresses for future notification.
The book has worked well for me as a .NET reference guide but I wouldn't have bought this volume if I had known about the lack of promised support.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Mistakes Errors and Wasted Time April 21 2003
This book has nothing to do with professional!
I spend hours to get rid of the "bugs" this book put into my programs. A lot of mistakes throughout the whole book.
And also the topics are only scratching the surface and one is not really learning something (new).
There are a lot of C# books out there - don't buy this one.
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